A USPTO delegation led by Michelle Lee – Director of the USPTO – convened in Geneva, Switzerland last week at an annual governance meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organization.
While there, Ms. Lee signed three separate Memorandums of Understanding with the:
- European Patent Office (EPO)
- Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS)
- Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOP)
Regarding the agreements, Ms. Lee stated:
“These three Memorandums of Understanding mark a significant milestone of achievement in patent cooperation between our offices. They will promote consistency in practices and spur greater innovation.”
Overall, this is a positive step forward for international patent protection, easing the process of protecting clients’ domestic patents abroad.
For more details on this development, see the full press release from the USPTO.